Like many authors, I am always on the look out for great ways to promote and sell my books. I’m still trying out some marketing ideas I have learned via the expertise of Nick Stephenson, who has a Free video on how to capture and keep potential readers. http://www.yourfirst10kreaders.com
The inspirational Joanna Penn, has some very practical advice for the struggling self-published author. http://TheCreativePenn.com
Both authors are brilliant at promotion and passing their knowledge on to fellow writers. Being somewhat rubbish at self-promotion I am happy to attempt to implement their proven strategies for success.
Therefore, I am utilising one of their action plans to gain subscribers and a readers list, by making Whisper Gatherers – book 1 in The Song of Forgetfulness series, FREE to download from Amazon for two days – 8th and 9th October:
The struggle to survive just got harder.
In a land disfigured by famine and disease, fear spreads throughout the scattered population of NotSoGreatBritAlbian when the Agro Empire cuts food supplies and kidnaps special children – The Meeks.
But there is hope.
Adara, with her secret power.
I’m Adara. I’ve got six fingers on each hand, and a secret I cannot share.
There is a rustling in the wind. Lights beyond the boundary fence.
A sign of Agro threat.
A murmur haunts Cityplace.
Something is coming.
Both Nick and Joanna suggest making one of your books, if you have a series, or just more than one book for sale, perma-free to attract readers so that they will buy into the rest of your books.
Seems logical to me, and yet…
This scares me.
So I have decided to ease myself into the concept of having one of my books forever free by doing a KDP promotion for a couple of days to see if I get people to subscribe to my reader list and eventually pay for the other books in the series.
To advertise my promotion, I have used some paid and free sites.
Fiverr https://uk.fiverr.com/ and a particular promoter – bknights. A lot of fellow authors recommended this particular promoter as they have had excellent results from him. Thousands of downloads in fact. We’ll see how it goes.
eBookSoda http://www.ebooksoda.com/authors/ “eBookSoda is a great way to promote your ebook. Our readers tell us what they like, which allows us to match books to readers, sending details of your ebook straight to their inbox.“
kboards http://www.kboards.com/ads/ another great place for authors to promote and readers to find bargain and free books. I have done well promoting on this site
There are dozens and dozens of sites where you can promote your free book without paying. I have listed a few. Some I have used, some I’m trying out.
World Literary Cafe is a site dedicated to the promotion of Indie authors, and boasts a huge following of avid readers. It has a variety of promotional packages, both paid and free. You can list your free books without charge and reach thousands of potential readers. http://worldliterarycafe.com/
Reading Deals http://ReadingDeals.com
IDP Promos: http://indiebookoftheday.com/authors/free-on-kindle-listing/
Blog posts. A chance to get the attention of another similar genre author’s readership. Always remember to reciprocate.
I am being featured on the wonderful Fantasy Author Autumn M. Birt’s blog: http://www.nomapnomad.com/ww/blog/
Her novel Born of Water: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure (The Rise of the Fifth Order Book 1) is perma-free. You can download it here: http://bookShow.me/B00XGC7ZP2
This time around I have utilised a device called KDRoi, an easy to use Chrome extension that automatically adds your Free book promotion to a dozen or so sites that promote Free books. A very useful tool that takes away hours of filling in forms. You have to pay for it, but if you plan on doing Free offers on a regular basis, then it is well worth it
You can see how it works here: http://www.kdroi.com/v1/
So don’t forget – Whisper Gatherers is FREE to download 8th and 9th October:
Still not sure?
Then maybe some reviews will help to make up your mind:
“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense ! This book is amazing to read and you will not want to put it down!”
“The author does a great job of drawing you in with her futuristic descriptions, at times it felt like I was watching a movie, that’s how enthralled I was with the book.”
“The central character has a convincing mixture of wilfulness and self-deprecation, and the imagined world is sufficiently complex to provoke thought and wonder. Nice to know that there are further episodes to pursue. A good read.”
“There’s danger, humour, pathos, and lots of fast-paced action that makes this book a very exciting read.”
You can purchase all three books in The Song of Forgetfulness series here:
Sign up for my readers list and you can get an exclusive Song of Forgetfulness short story FREE!
To receive your FREE short story ‘Changeling Fog’ just click on this link: http://eepurl.com/buH8qH
I’ll let you all know how I get on with this particular promotion.
Thanks for reading.
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